Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Celebi Ground Handling completes one year at CIAL; announces expansion

Kochi: Celebi Ground Handling, Turkey's first privately-owned ground handling services company, which recently completed one year of operations at the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), has announced an expansion in Nedumbassery airport, which would see an increase of its staff strength by 20 per cent from the current 700 people.

Celebi handles three flights of Air Asia per day and 43 daily flights of Indigo at CIAL. The multinational company, which employs 7,000 people in India, made its foray to south India through the Cochin Airport. "Within a year we entered CIAL, we have expanded to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kannur. Kochi has become our gateway into south India,"  Tauseef Khan, COO-India, Celebi Airport Services India, told Express. The expansion would see Celebi hiring another 140 people soon.

"In one year, we have grown by 100 per cent. We now handle 50 flights a day at CIAL," he said. Out of the 700 people that the Turkish ground handling major employs in Kerala, about 600 are blue-collar jobs. "Our employees enjoy a whole lot of facilities, including ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation), pension and provident fund, and we also offer salaries on par or higher than the central minimum wages," said Khan.
At Kannur, two ground handling agents are selected viz., Air India and Celebi. As jobs in West Asia become scarce,  the expansion by multinational companies like Celebi in Kerala offers similar job opportunities back home. In the unorganised sector, there is no job assurance. What companies like us bring is stability, besides opening up a window for more investments. "A tourist or a visitor coming out of the airport gets the first experience from the ground handling staff. So, you can say its the first step towards Kerala's hospitality industry," Khan explained.
12/03/19 New Indian Express
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